MRL's COVID-19 Response
MRL’s priority during the COVID-19 pandemic has been, and remains, the health and safety of our staff and the communities which we serve. MRL will continue to monitor CDC and state guidelines, as well as local vaccination and COVID-19 infection rates, and will communicate future changes as deemed necessary. Thank you for your understanding and consideration during this time of change. We are grateful for your support!
At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Central Library in downtown Harrisonburg is participating in the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration (STACC) program to distribute at-home COVID-19 tests to our community. Be sure to check this page or call 540-434-4475 x136 to verify test availability before coming to the library to pick up a test.
Does the library currently have COVID-19 tests available?
YES, Central Library and Page Public Library currently have Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Tests available.
Who is eligible to get a test?
Any community member may pick up a test. No library card, driver’s license, or identification of any kind is required. Because of limited supplies, tests are limited to 2 per community member. These tests are intended for individuals. Schools, businesses, and other groups in need of test kits should contact VDH about alternative methods of acquiring test kits.
How can I get a test?
If you don't have symptoms, please ask for a test at the Circulation desk at Central Library.
If you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, please come to the back door of Central Library with the striped awning on Federal Street. When you arrive, call the phone number on the door to speak with the reference department. Please remain in your car while a staff member places your test on the table next to the back door.
Can I get a test at another MRL branch?
Yes, you can also pick up tests at Page Public Library in Luray. When you arrive, call 540-434-4475 ext. 500. Roll down your back passenger side window or pop your trunk and we will place it inside for you. Page Public Library's hours are M-TH 10AM - 6PM | Fri. & Sat. 11 AM - 2 PM.
When should I pick up a test?
Pickup is available during Central Library's regular operating hours. The tests do expire, so you should plan to use the test within 2 weeks of picking it up.
What do I need to take the test?
Everything you need to take the test is in the box. To protect our staff and community, you should take your test at home.
How does the test work?
Library staff members are not medical professionals. If you have any questions about how to take the test or how it works, please contact the Virginia COVID Information Center by calling 1-877-829-4682 or visiting www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid19testing.